Finding Bargains at the Flea markets of Amsterdam

If there is any city in Europe where you can shop for just about in anything in any market, then it goes without saying that it is Amsterdam.
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There are specialized flower markets and flea markets where you can not only shop but also have some fun. From army clothes to treasure hunting for fantastic pieces of art, there is simply no limit as to what you can shop for in these markets.

Dating back to the early part of the 18th century, Amsterdam’s marketplaces can provide both a fun day out, and the chance to get your hands on a real bargain. A market for all tastes exists, have a look at our list to find one or more options on your next visit to Amsterdam.

Waterlooplein Flea market is so far the largest flea market in Amsterdam. There are almost 200 stalls setup at one time this market. Take a stroll around the neighborhood see for yourself how the true Amsterdammers live. The market offers buyers just about anything. From second hand clothes, furniture, African drums and even antique rugs. One good thing about this market is the fact that you can bargain as much as you want for the item you intend to purchase without rubbing the vendor the wrong way. So haggle away folks.

Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The Antiekmart De Looier located at Elandsgracht is a fantastic place to pick up antique furniture, jewelry, and collectables. One of the few covered markets in Amsterdam, the Antiekmarkt is a nice alternative to a museum visit.

Open daily except 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday closed. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Boekenmarkt at Oudemanhuispoort. The name says it all, Boekenmarkt (book market) specialises in books, as well as cards, engravings, and maps.

Open Fridays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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The Noordermarkt Flea Market is a nice alternative to the Waterlooplein Flea Market. You can get anything and everything at this flea market, from fine Asian antiques to some rare World War II army gear. The best day of the week to shop here is always on Mondays.

Open Mondays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Postzegelmarkt in Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal is a real treasure trove of collectables, focusing mainly on stamps, commemorative memorabilia, old postcards, and coins. If you are a collector this place is a must with great finds and friendly vendors.

Open Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For those who like flowers, there is the Blomoenmarkt. It is a popular floating market and the only one of its kind on the planet. It is a literally floating market and you just have to see for yourself what the market has to offer in terms of flowers, from multicolored bouquets of tulip flowers, the unofficial symbol of Holland, to roses and daffodils, you can get just about any flower type here. Take in the fragrances and take home a tulip.

Open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., on Sunday 11 a.m.-5.30 p.m.

To round out your shopping experience, don’t miss out on the Albert Cuyp Market. Over a century old, more than 300 vendors offers just about anything from food to antique items at the centrally located market. Close to a plethora of Amsterdam hotels, stroll from the hotel lobby into the market to buy a fresh and inexpensive local lunch at the market which offers plenty of fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses to keep your bargain hunting senses sharpened.

Open daily

Need inspiration to start your Amsterdam shopping spree? Have a look at these markets in action.